CHAMPCAR/CART: American Spirit Team Johansson news update 2003-06-03

Team Shuffle: American Spirit Team Johansson has shuffled a few positions within the team, in efforts to maximize the potential of the ...

Team Shuffle: American Spirit Team Johansson has shuffled a few positions within the team, in efforts to maximize the potential of the #12 entry driven by Jimmy Vasser, the #31 entry driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay and its team members. Graham Taylor will now hold the title of team manager, while Robin Hill will serve as the team's crew chief. Taylor, a veteran of Formula One will oversee the day-to-day running of American Spirit, while he will no longer race engineer Ryan Hunter-Reay, he will continue managing the technical aspects of American Spirit. Hill, the 1997 championship winning crew chief with Alex Zanardi will return to the role of crew chief, a new position within American Spirit. Paul Burgess recently joined American Spirit Team Johansson, he will race engineer the #31 entry driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay. A native of Kenley, England, Burgess's background includes Formula One and the Indy Racing League.

Tech Ed: Ryan Hunter-Reay will head to Dallas on Tuesday to promote the Microsoft No Limits ( tour. The No Limits tour will stop at Microsoft's Tech Ed convention at the Dallas convention center, where Hunter-Reay will give visitors a tour of the display and sign autographs. The traveling display highlight's the latest Microsoft technology and illustrates how those innovations are used in the world of Champ Car racing. No Limits is an interactive display which gives visitors a behind the scenes look at the technology of Champ Car racing, including actual American Spirit race telemetry from the Champ Car race in St. Petersburg. The hands on display includes a driving tester, comparing your skill to that of American Spirit driver and 1996 series champion Jimmy Vasser, as well as Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Pi Research sensors, Sigma steering wheels and Hunter-Reay's driving suit and helmet.

Hometown Hero: Jimmy Vasser will return to his roots, the California Central Coast this week when he visits news outlets in San Jose and Monterey to promote the Grand Prix of Monterey at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. A graduate of Live Oak High School in Morgan Hills and a former San Jose State University student, Vasser grew up and started his racing career in the region. He owns and operates Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet/Toyota in Napa, with his father, Jim Sr. A former race winner at Laguna Seca, Vasser will make his 12th start at the scenic 2.2-mile road course on father's day, June 15th. SPEED channel will televise the event live at 3:30 pm ET.

Le Mans: American Spirit Team Johansson team owner, Stefan Johansson will return to Le Mans this weekend looking to win his second 24 Hours of Le Mans title. Driving the Champion Motorsports Audi R8, with teammates Emmanuelle Pirro and JJ Lehto, it will be his 10th time racing and the historic endurance race. SPEED channel will televise the event beginning at 9:00 am (ET) on Saturday, June 14th.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi , Ryan Hunter-Reay , JJ Lehto